mullein

in an earlier post i’ve mentioned my “secret garden”, which grows just beyond the fence, in a small conifer wood.  it is a side benefit of the clearing done while building our house, creating room for a proliferation of wild flowers that bring a natural beauty i only want to encourage.

the current favourite are the mullein, large-leaved rosettes, soft grey/silver in colour with a single spike culminating in a bloom of small yellow blossoms that open randomly at the top of the  stalk. there are about a dozen running the length of the yard, some in the garden but most outside.  they are biennials and come up where they may.

this wild variety found in north america (Verbascum thapsus), in my opinion, is more attractive than the cultivar with its multiple stalks, looking to ungainly and demanding.

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